While the League of Legends European Championship might have a new name, it’s still hosted in the same Berlin location as the old European League of Legends Championship Series. However, you may have noticed with this season’s broadcasts that the studio doesn’t just look very different – there’s a new atmosphere too.
“It was a long process that started with the exploration of the new LEC brand way back in mid 2018,” says Alex. “There were multiple iterations of the design, and the build lasted all the way through Christmas and New Year. The incredible team in charge of the build sacrificed a lot of their holiday time, to ensure we would have the new stage, analyst desk and front of house finished on time for the first attendees on January 18th.”
Most longtime viewers will have noticed the brand new stage, which was designed from scratch for the new season, which Alex says has “tons of fancy LEDs and things to discover,” and it’s certainly different from how it used to be.
It’s changed on an emotional level too, however. This isn’t just a venue for elite competitive play. It’s an experience for fans, some who travel hours each week or more to watch their favourite teams play in person.
There’s now much more to the LEC studio than what you get to see on the stream, with parts that only the visiting fans get to experience. The large statue of Baron Nashor towers over everything, and is one of the first things fans see when they enter the arena, having followed special LED signs from the nearby train station so they don’t get lost in the urban jungle of outer Berlin.